2000 AD celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2022 and today Rebellion have announced the collected editions and graphic novel schedule for the year. Full details in the press release below which includes some very special celebratory books.
Four and a half decades, and no signs of slowing down – 2000 AD will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2022 with a bumper year of incredible collections.
From over-sized ‘artist editions’ of original art to brand new all-ages comics to non-fiction tomes, there’s something for everyone in the graphic novel collection schedule for the coming twelve months, as Rebellion showcases the best of old and new to mark its special anniversary year.
The 2000 AD Encyclopedia (February) provides chapter and verse on the characters and series that have made 2000 AD a powerhouse of comics innovation, bringing more than four decades of comics together in a sumptuous hardcover with dust jacket.
Paying tribute to some of the best talents 2000 AD has ever published, next year will see separate focusing on the work of Judge Dredd co-creators John Wagner (March) and Carlos Ezquerra (May), and co-creator of Rogue Trooper and The VCs Gerry Finley-Day (August), as well as a collection of critically-acclaimed writer Al Ewing’s Judge Dredd work (March). In September, the brand-new Strontium Dog: The Son (November) collection showcases Carlos Ezquerra’s final work on the character he co-created for Starlord in 1978, drawn just before his death in 2018.
Artwork from two of 2000 AD’s all-time greatest artists will be showcased in over-sized ‘artist edition’ Apex Edition hardcovers, with Judge Dredd pages by Brian Bolland (February) and Mick McMahon (October) scanned at high resolution and presented at original size. These gorgeous collections will give fans an unprecedented chance to see every line, each blob of white-out, and every printers’ mark on these original pages, covering some of the most influential moments in 2000 AD history and key years in the character’s evolution.
In May, 45 Years of 2000 AD gives forty-five popular artists from the worlds of comics and illustration the chance to show their unique takes on some of 2000 AD’s most famous characters. This new collection will feature work by Michael Allred (X-Statix), Jamie Smart (Bear), Annie Wu (Hawkeye), Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd), Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Rachael Stott (Doctor Who) and many, many more.
September sees the first ever collection of DC Comics’ Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law series from the 1990s. Written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, this volume features art by Brent Anderson (X-Men) and Anthony Williams (Judge Dredd).
But it’s not just about looking back – this year sees new collections of the very best 2000 AD has to offer today, including all-ages comics with two 2000 AD Regened collections in March and July, as well as the first collection of breakout all-ages Dredd-world sci-fi action series Department K with Interdimensional Investigators in November. Plus there’s collections of brand new series such as Michael Carroll, Henry Flint and Jake Lynch’s ‘alien space opera James Bond’ Proteus Vex (April) and Dan Abnett and Mark Harrison’s smash hit space opera The Out (October).
There are new collections of ongoing series, War of the Worlds sequel Scarlet Traces (March), hit folk horror series Thistlebone (May), fan favourite Dredd-world Western Lawless (June) and critically-acclaimed sci-fi noir Brink (August), as well as series from the archive with Essential Dredd: Dredd vs Death (January), Essential Judge Dredd: Necropolis (June), and Pat Mills, Tony Skinner and Jim Elston’s pagan eco-terrorist Finn (December).
And there’s more digital-only releases, expanding 2000 AD’s digital library on its app and webshop, including Garth Ennis and Nick Percival’s explosive Dredd-world road trip series Sleeze ‘N’ Ryder (January) and the second volume of classic The Mean Arena (March). Plus new series get a digital release such as sci-fi thriller Skip Tracer: Legion (May), interdimensional nerd comedy Survival Geeks (July), the latest follow-up to space horror series Dark Justice (September), and Dredd-world crime sprees in Tales from the Black Museum Vol.2 (November).
Essential Dredd: Dredd vs Death
The essential Judge Dredd graphic novel series – the ultimate introduction to the Lawman of the Future! The crime is life! The Judgement is death! When Judge Death enters Mega-City One from a parallel dimension, his plan is simple: to find every single living cit and sentence them – to death! The fourth volume in the oversized Essential Dredd series includes the first two Judge Death stories, from John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Brian Bolland (The Killing Joke) presented in stunning black and white, and featuring restored pages. It also includes the first solo Judge Anderson adventure, presented in luscious new colours, also starring Judge Death. The critically acclaimed Essential Dredd Collection is a perfect jumping on point for new readers and this volume introduces Judge Death, the Dark Judges and wisecracking Psi Judge Cassandra Anderson.
18 January 2022
£19.99 / $25
Sleeze ‘N’ Ryder (digital)
Where did they go? Out. What did they see? Freakin’ everything, man! Sleeze and Ryder are on the roadtrip of their drokkin’ lives. Far from Mega-City 1 and deep in the Cursed Earth, these no-good hell trekkers are looking for adventure – but what they find is dinosaurs, mutants and the grud-dang apocalypse! This outlandish classic of 1990s 2000 AD is brought to you by the outrageous minds of Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Nick Percival (The Dark Judges) and is available in an exclusive digital edition for the first time ever!
5 January 2022
£7.99 / $7.99
2000 AD Encyclopedia
What are the essential Judge Dredd stories? In which progs did The Ballad of Halo Jones run? What year was the first appearance of Nemesis the Warlock? Just who are the Thrillsuckers? Look no further, Earthlets! Every strip and major character from 2000 AD’s trailblazing 45 year history is catalogued and detailed, accompanied by stunning artwork and illustrations. With this show-stopping hardcover collection, must-read characters and storylines from across the cosmos are at your fingertips!
15 February 2022
£39.99 / $50
Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland Apex Edition
Acclaimed as one of the greatest artists of his generation for his work on such titles as Camelot 3000 and Batman: The Killing Joke, Brian Bolland’s work on Judge Dredd helped catapult both the series and Bolland himself to international acclaim. His incredible black & white art is showcased in this deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition featuring new high-resolution scans of his original art from 2000 AD showing Bolland’s delicate inking brushwork in unprecedented detail, as well as the titles and word balloons placed over it at the time by IPC’s art team. It promises to be an unmissable collection for fans of comics and of fine art. This book will include pages from the Judge Dredd epics; The Cursed Earth, The Day the Law Died, The Judge Child Quest, and Bolland’s masterpiece Judge Death Lives. Also included is a gallery of covers ranging from 2000 AD to the Judge Dredd reprints published by Eagle Comics which brought Brian to the attention of American readers and show off Bolland’s inventiveness and sardonic humour.
17 February 2022
The Best of John Wagner’s Judge Dredd
He is one of the best-known voices in British comics, respected and revered for revitalising the industry in the 1970s and co-creating the iconic ‘Lawman of the future’ – Judge Dredd. In celebration of his forty-five years chronicling the madness and mayhem of Mega-City One, this collection features some of the funniest, most poignant and action-packed tales penned by the great man himself.
15 March 2022
£24.99 / $29.99
2000 AD Regened Vol.3
The galaxy’s favourite thrill-powered science fiction comic is back with another line up of electrifying stories aimed at all ages! Reimagined versions of classic 2000 AD characters like Judge Dredd, star alongside brand new characters, specially created for a younger audience. In this, the third smashing volume, follow the action packed adventures of Cadet Dredd as he battles robots! Save the world from aliens with Judge Anderson! Meet the mightiest cat burglar of Mega-City One! Marvel at the brain-busting and jaw dropping Future Shocks! Plus, in an exclusive new strip, classic 2000 AD characters the Harlem Heroes return! Critically acclaimed and beloved by old and new fans alike, 2000 AD Regened storms into its third brilliant collection. Can you handle the awesomeness of 2000 AD Regened?
15 March 2022
£12.99 / $15.99
Scarlet Traces Vol.3
The visionary comic series from Ian Edginton and D’Israeli continues! It is 1968 and the Martians have finally returned and are ready to wreck their terrible revenge. Can a ragtag team of Humans and Venusian survivors, spread across the solar system, stop the Martian plan to weaponise the sun itself and wipe humanity off the Earth in this third volume of the critically acclaimed sequel to H.G. Wells’ iconic novel The War of the Worlds.
15 March 2022
£14.99 / $19.99
Judge Dredd: Blaze of Glory
Go on patrol and see Mega-City One – and beyond – through the eyes of Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), one of the most original writers in comics, as Judge Dredd dispenses justice to mutants, laidback religious cults, the Sex Olympics and Santa Claus. But when polite ex-stripper Zombo appears in his dimension, has old Stoney Face finally met his match? Collecting many of Ewing’s outrageous Dredd stories for the first time and featuring an all-star cast of artists, including Liam Sharp (Green Lantern, Wonder Woman), John Higgins (Dreadnoughts: Breaking Ground, Judge Dredd, Watchmen), Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante) and Ben Willsher (Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd), this is an essential collection for fans of the Law.
Paperback (with 2000 AD webshop exclusive hardcover edition)
1 March 2022
£14.99 / $16.99
The Mean Arena Volume 2: Eat, Slay, Shove! (digital)
In a dystopian future where the ultra-violent sport street football is played in evacuated towns, Matt Talon isn’t playing just to win – he’s playing for revenge! In the second instalment of this violent, action packed 2000 AD classic, Slater’s Slayers take on the the Penzance Riggers, the Edinburgh Executioners, the Salford Slicers and the Oxford Invaders! In the Mean Arena, it’s not just football – it’s mayhem, madness and murder! The second volume of The Mean Arena by Tom Tully (Roy of the Rovers), Eric Bradbury (Invasion!, Hook Jaw) and Mike White (Abelard Snazz) is collected for the first time ever in a digital exclusive graphic novel!
2 March 2022
£7.99 / $7.99
Proteus Vex: Another Dawn
For fourteen brutal centuries, the Imperium Ascendant and the Obdurate have clashed in an intergalactic war that spanned planets and peoples. Then the war – and the Obdurate – came to a dramatic end. Now, the galaxies are picking up the pieces. In the midst of this sprawling, dazzling system of galaxies, is Proteus Vex, ex-soldier for the Imperium Ascendant turned super-agent. He’s fast, brutal, and he always gets his prey. But when he is sent to find his former superior officer, Vex finds himself caught up in a deadly conspiracy. Hit comics team Michael Carroll (The New Heroes, Judge Dredd), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd, Zombo) and Jake Lynch (Judge Dredd) bring you a mind-expanding, colourful story that will plunge you into a series of strange new worlds.
14 April 2022
£14.99 / $19.99
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol.39
In the nightmare metropolis of the future he is judge, jury and executioner – he is Judge Dredd! The best-selling Complete Case Files series continues with Judge Dredd taking on terrorist organisations, hunting down PJ Maybe who has taken on a new disguise, and Pat Mills returns with Blood of Satanus II: Dark Matters. Drawn by a roster of the greatest artists working on Judge Dredd in the 21st Century – Chris Weston (The Filth), Cam Kennedy (Star Wars), Henry Flint (Zombo) ,and Ian Gibson (Halo Jones) – the Judge Dredd Case Files series has sold over half a million copies.
28 April 2022
£19.99 / $24.99
Skip Tracer: Legion (digital)
The Cube, the twenty-seventh century. This vast city floating in the depths of space was once a monitoring station, but has been refitted by the Earth-led Consociation as a solution to a universal housing problem. It’s now home to every kind of undesirable, and an easy refuge for wanted criminals and fugitives. That’s where Skip Tracer Nolan Blake comes in, a former soldier turned tracker-for-hire… Written by James Peaty (Doctor Who) and with art by Paul Marshall (Firekind), this action packed science fiction adventure is available in a digital exclusive graphic novel for the first time!
4 May 2022
£7.99 / $7.99
45 Years of 2000 AD
To celebrate forty-five years of bringing Thrill-Power to earthlets, Tharg the Mighty has tasked forty-five of Earth’s most popular comic and illustration artists to interpret the characters featured in the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD. Featuring all new work by Jamie Smart (Bunny vs Monkey), Hannah Templer (GLOW, TMNT), Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer), Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Racheal Stott (Star Wars, Doctor Who).
24 May 2022
£29.99 / $35
The Art of Carlos Ezquerra
Spanning 50 years, this collection of Carlos Ezquerra’s comic work begins with samples from such titles as Valentine and Mirabelle, collects never before reprinted short war comics from Battle, shows off his sumptuous colour Strontium Dog art, and culminates with a section on his 2000 AD work and his greatest creation, Judge Dredd.
10 May 2022
£24.99 / $29.99
Thistlebone Book Two
Britain, 2020. It’s been over a year since journalist Seema Chaudry accompanied cult survivor Avril Easton back to the village of Harrowvale, the site of her terryifying experiences at the hands of Jasper Hillman’s THISTLEBONE worshippers, a crazed occult group that believed in an ancient woodland deity. Intended as a cathartic experience, both women were changed forever by what they were confronted with. In the process of researching for a book on the Thistlebone legend, Seema believes much of it centres around one man — Malcolm Kinniburgh.
10 May 2022
£14.99 / $19.99
Lawless Book Four: Boomtown
Having narrowly avoided being wiped from the face of the planet by Munce, Inc., Badrock is now a thriving boom town, predicated on an uneasy peace between the Zhind, the settlers and the Mega-City One Justice Department. Designated a Free Town, the future’s there for taking, and folks from all over the planet 43 Rega are flocking to Badrock to begin anew, all under the watchful, disapproving eye of the SJS. Many are hardworking, honest folk – but some are parasites, drawn to Badrock to find new ways of making a killing. And when a caravan of settlers is brutally slaughtered, it’ll take all that Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson has to stop an outright war. Dan Abnett (Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Phil Winslade’s (Howard the Duck, Wonder Woman) frontier epic Lawless continues in this fourth action packed volume, which includes the all singin’, all dancin’, Lawless the Musical!
23 June 2022
£14.99 / $16.99
Essential Judge Dredd: Necropolis
The essential Judge Dredd graphic novel series – the ultimate introduction to the Lawman of the Future! Mega-City One is under siege from the Dark Judges, Dredd has been exiled to the harsh wastelands of the Cursed Earth and time is running out for the citizens he once swore to protect. With the body-count rising and hope running out, will the Judges be able to turn back the tide of death? Essential Judge Dredd: Necropolis is the ultimate Judge Dredd Vs The Dark Judges storyline. A comic book ‘summer blockbuster’, written and drawn by Dredd’s co-creators John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog), where Dredd must reclaim his badge from the imposter Judge Kraken and retake Mega-City One from the grip of the Dark Judges; Death, Fear, Fire and Mortis.
7 June 2022
£19.99 / $25
Survival Geeks: Crisis of Infinite Nerds (digital)
Sam, Simon, Clive and Rufus having been traversing the multiverse in a misfiring trans-dimensional terrace house! Armed only with their wits and nerd trivia, they have to survive the deadly universes in which they find themselves! But..
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